For 9News Anchor, Three Births Makes Sky Ridge Feel Like Home

Cheryl Preheim and family

Name: Cheryl Preheim

Husband: Mark

Children:Duke, 5, Joshua, 4, Ella, 2

Occupation: 9News anchor, honored with the National Edward R. Murrow award twice and six Emmys and numerous awards from the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association and the Associated Press.

What do you remember most about your first birth?

My husband cut the cord, and he had the biggest smile. And then they put Duke right on my chest. I remember looking down and saying: ‘Oh my gosh, he’s so complete,’ as he snuggled up to me. He was born at 6 in the morning. I remember being in the delivery room, and it was so quiet, and it was so peaceful, and the nurses were so kind. I was just amazed my first child had come. It was just a beautiful experience. I looked at my husband and said: ‘We have to do this again.’

What else stands out from that day?

He was born on the day that the population of the United States hit 300 million. I had just gotten back to my room. It was 30 minutes after delivery, and the phone rings. Mark answers, and I hear him: ‘Uh-huh, uh-huh. Well, you’ll probably have to talk to Cheryl about that.’ They said: ‘Your baby could be the 300 millionth baby, and can we do a story?’ So they sent a photographer, a good friend of mine, and Ward Lucas did the story that day. It was different being on that end of things. And I remember the staff welcomed our long string of visitors.

How do you hold your high-profile anchor job and still find time for those quality moments with three little kids?

We call it the family teamwork. It really does require a team, and my husband is in there in every way as a partner. It’s been amazing and wonderful and requires a good calendar and a lot of organization. When we brought Ella home from the hospital, we made our first Costco run, and we bought three different boxes with three different sizes of diapers. We had a little assembly line at changing time.

Why did you choose Sky Ridge?

First of all, just the proximity of the hospital. Duke’s labor was relatively long – his was six hours. But the second was two hours, and the third was less than an hour. The doctor said: ‘Next time (after the second child), you’re going to have it in the parking lot.’

And what happened the next time?

Well, with Ella, Dr. (Daniel) Jacobson said: ‘If you make it to 39 weeks, we are just going to set a time, because this is making me nervous,’ especially since there had been some snow storms. We came in, and he said, ‘I’ll just break your water.’ Ten minutes later, I said to the nurse: ‘Something doesn’t feel right; will you check me?’ She did, and then she called Dr. Jacobson, saying 911 delivery, and telling me: ‘Whatever you do, don’t push.’

What else stood out at Sky Ridge?

Just the kindness of the nurses and everybody, and what was so special was we had the same nurses for all of our deliveries. It was like seeing an old friend. It just felt like an extension of our family, and that was really special to us. We have pictures of the same nurses giving our kids their first baths.

How about with the second birth?

For Joshua, when he was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around his neck, and they whisked him off, and it was very quiet those first two minutes waiting on that first cry. In moments like that, they were very diligent, and very confident. It was calming and very reassuring. I just felt in my heart that everything was going to be OK.

What did you think of the special amenities for parents?

I ordered off that special menu, and it was delicious. Some friends of ours had recently delivered there when our oldest was born, and they sent me a text saying: ‘Make sure you try the carrot cake.’ And it was awesome.

How would you describe the lactation support?

It was great. The first time, Duke started nursing there in the delivery room in the first five minutes. Joshua did fine, but we found out later that he had trouble digesting a milk protein. All we knew at the time was that he was having a little more of a hard time, so a lactation consultant came in and spent time with me. She gave me some good advice, and just took some of the pressure off.

You have a sign posted on your Facebook page that says: Enjoy the little things in life; for one day, you will look back and realize they were the big things.

And that’s how I live my life, just remembering that baby snuggling up on my chest, or that smile on my husband’s face. Those things might seem little, but in my heart, they are the biggest.